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Visit of Arab League observers in Syria

Statement by the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs

Paris, 27 December 2011

The first Arab League observers have arrived in Syria at a time when the situation has never been as tragic as in the city of Homs, which is under bombardment from the Syrian army.

The Arab League observers must have access to the entire city and be able to clearly and independently determine the situation there and bring an end to the violence.

In addition, the Arab League observers are undertaking a mission for which they must be able to move throughout Syria without restrictions. The international community will be particularly vigilant with respect to any attempt at dissimulation and manipulation.

The arrival of these observers is obviously not an end in itself; it is the Arab League’s plan in its entirety that must be implemented, which means that the crackdown must stop, political detainees must be released, security forces must withdraw from Syrian cities, and the press must be allowed access to Syrian territory.

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